Oceans In Collapse

The number of ocean dead zones has grown from 44 areas reported in 1995 to more than 400, with some of the worst oxygen-starved areas extending over 22,000 sq km.

Recent figures from the United Nations Environment Program estimate fertilisers, sewage and other other pollutants, combined with the impact of climate change, have led to a doubling in the number of oxygen-deficient dead zones every decade since the 1960s.  Oxygen Starved Oceans Rapidly Dying


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  • June 27, 2008 at 1:38 am

    I remember a couple of years ago a weatherman for a TV station in Topeka, KS, made this observation – the oceans are under attack and dying. And he concluded, “I guess I don’t have to tell you what that means for us if the oceans die.”

    I had to virtually sit up. No one had ever spoken so frankly to me from a local TV station. And a weatherman? Someone who usually concern himself with establishing the high and low temperatures of the coming day?

    This is very serious. On top of it is the plastic trash that we have now covering vast portions of the oceans with. Most people are reducing if not downright eliminating their use of plastic bottles. I personally have discussed this with three friends – and I’m a newcomer to this way of thinking myself, having flirted with “bottled” water over the last four years. In fact, I boycott plastic bags, etc.

    The New York Times had a great article about the plastic trash that has covered vast parts of Alaska and is believed to cover the shores of uninhabited islands.

    New York Times link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/magazine/22Plastics-t.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=ocean+of+trash&st=nyt&oref=slogin

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